MSPB Appeals Attorneys
If you are dealing with an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), you’ve come to the right place. For over a quarter century our MSPB lawyers have represented thousands of federal employees before the Merit Systems Protection Board. We have the experience and expertise to vigorously protect your rights and interests.
Federal employees have many protections under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, including the right to appeal a variety of adverse personnel actions. Actions subject to MSPB appeal include Disciplinary Actions including Terminations, Removals and Suspensions, Reductions In Force (RIFs), Wrongful Denial of FERS Disability Retirement Benefits, Whistleblower Retaliation, as well as many other actions that separate a federal employee from his or her former job. Current or former federal employees to the MSPB make an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Afterwards, the Board will issue a ruling either affirming the termination or determining that the employer was in the wrong. At Melville Johnson, P.C., our attorneys assist clients with their Merit Systems Protection Board appeals from beginning to end.
Although the MSPB provides a venue for federal employees from Alaska to Florida, the actual appeals process requires special attention to detail. It can vary drastically from proceedings in state or federal courts. Because of this, it’s crucial to seek advice from an experienced attorney who focuses on MSPB law. That way, your lawyer can thoroughly review your case and ensure you have representation and support throughout the process. For example, failing to file your appeal within 30 days after suspension or termination can waive your right to appeal entirely. This can leave you without recourse even for an unlawful or improperly-motivated termination.
Merit System Protection Board Appeal
We have also been fighting at the agency level, before MSPB administrative law judges, as well as the full three-member MSPB panel. When you need to go even further, our MSPB lawyers have been successful arguing appeals of MSPB decisions before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. We have even argued these matters all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States
If an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board succeeds, a federal judge can award a full range of remedies to make you whole. The remedies could include, but are not necessarily limited to, reinstating your employment, promotion, back pay, reimbursement of lost benefits, damages for emotional distress, compensation for attorney’s fees, and more.
In general, appeals alleging discrimination go to Federal District Court. All others go to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Furthermore, the Director of OPM can file an appeal. So can Special Counsel.
Contact an MSPB Appeals Attorney
If you are looking to appeal your decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board, you may be wondering “what now?” Although the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) provides an appeal mechanism for federal employees. Yet if you have been demoted or terminated, the MSPB appeals process can be complex. It can be rife with deadlines and procedural mechanisms that require some experience to navigate. For this reason, we strongly recommend consulting one of our experienced MSPB lawyers. Our lawyers have represented thousands of federal employees from coast-to-coast for over a quarter century. Our law firm knows all aspects of OPM procedures, FERS guidelines, and MSPB law. Feel free to give us a call, or fill out the form on the right hand side of this page and we will be in touch shortly!